Why Play Make Believe?

Why Play Make Believe?

Perhaps playing make believe sounds a little more innocent than the word hypocrisy. But it is surprising how many people are guilty of this sin. We find the words hypocrisy and hypocrite only a few times in the Bible, but those professing to adhere to and practice beliefs, standards, or principles contrary to his or her true behavior or character was repulsive to Jesus, and Pharisees were a prime example. In Psalm 26: 4 David wrote, ” I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites.” He was not a perfect man, but he found it repulsive to associate with those who were …

Born With Tendency To Pretend

Born With Tendency To Pretend

Parents would never purposely encourage activities that might later grow into hypocrisy, and this is just a thought: but could allowing little girls to play dress up, and little boys to play cowboys and Indians lead to pretense and hypocrisy? However, normal children appear to be born with imaginary minds. That appears especially true of an only child who has no siblings with whom to play, and often they’ll have an imaginary friend. Also little girls enjoy dressing up in their mothers’ clothes, high heel shoes, hats and gloves, and wearing make-up. Then they enjoy attending imaginary tea parties and drinking imaginary tea. Could this wanting to look like adults …

Pretenders in the Church

Pretenders in the Church

Jesus loves You and me for who we are; not what we pretend to be. And Jesus denounced hypocrisy vehemently. After mentioning other woes, He compared the  Pharisees, leaders in the church, as hypocrites. He said they were like white washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside they appear to people as righteous, but on the inside are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. He continued by saying they build tombs for prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous saying, “If we had lived in the …

Really Who Am I?

Really Who Am I?

My desire is to be a true worshipper of God who not one who only pretends to worship and serve Him. But God sees my heart and knows that sometimes, perhaps many times, I faithfully attend church services but my mind and thoughts are filled with cares of daily living. Though I out-smarted Satan and made it to church, he continues to distract my thoughts to other things or people in the congregation. I am disappointed that my friend Susan is not sitting in her pew and wonder why. A tall man is sitting in front of me and that is a …

Who or What Would I Like to Be?

Who or What Would I Like to Be?

While we were children, sometimes we thought we’d like to be a certain favorite movie star or other famous person. Other times we thought we’d like to be in a certain vocation when we grew up. Perhaps it is part of childhood to fantasize, whether we express our thoughts or not.  I remember even thinking if I could be any of God’s other creatures, what I would choose to be. Perhaps I would choose to be a dove with a mournful song; a colorful humming bird with ability to flutter around pretty flowers and suck their sweet nectar, or a beautiful butterfly with colorful …

There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

It will be wonderful to live in heaven where no one will need to try and impress each other. And whether we admit it or not, deep within each life is the desire to be loved and accepted. I believe the most devout and famous preacher long to be accepted by his congregation. Pastors are human, and they want to be loved and accepted. In the largest churches, if attendance dwindled down consistently, pastors would be looking for other churches to pastor. I’m not suggesting the message be watered  down, but he wants to present the gospel in an appealing manner …

Jesus Our Source of Endurance

Jesus Our Source of Endurance

        Paul wrote these words to believers at Corinth, “No temptation has come to you that is not common to man. But God is faithful, and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure, but when tempted, will provide a way of escape that you may be able to endure it..” 1 Corinthians 10: 13         Through Jesus also we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we endure, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Sometimes when circumstances are almost overwhelming, what a great comfort to rest in the security …

Importance of Endurance

Importance of Endurance

    Perhaps other than Jesus, no one who lived on earth, suffered more than the apostle Paul. Yet while in prison, waiting to travel to Rome to see Caesar, he wrote some of the inspiring letters we read and endeavor to pattern our lives by today.  And we are not qualified to encourage others, unless we have endured the same situation.  I remember before death claimed my parents, husband, and only daughter, that I cared for those grieving in a sense, but  was not able to truly empathize with them, until after my loss of a loved one. However, Paul had suffered many hardships; so he was qualified to …

God Is Aware of Our Problems

God Is Aware of Our Problems

    Sometimes while an individual is enduring a problem or difficult situation, she might ask: where was God when I needed Him? He was at the same place he was when His Son was hanging on the cross paying the debt for your sins and mine. He is aware of each little sparrow that falls to the ground, he knows the number of hairs on your head and mine. Also I might add that He sees each tear I shed, every fall I take, and shares with me in every blessing He gives.   The writer of Hebrews stated: “And no creature is hidden from his …

Endurance Produces Patience

Endurance Produces Patience

    I confess that I have not matured in my faith sufficiently to ask God to send me trials, but when they come uninvited, I accept them without bitterness, trusting God will use them to help me grow more like my Savior.   In the letter of James 1: 2  he addressed this when he wrote:  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of different kinds. Because you know the testing of your faith produces patience.”     He continued by saying we are to allow patience to run its course and be perfected, and blessed is the …

Did Job Always Have Patience

Did Job Always Have Patience

  Many people refer to Job as our model of patience, but did he always manifest patience? Perhaps no man on earth suffered more than Job, but remember though God allowed his trials and suffering, He put a limitation on how far Satan could tempt him.  At first God told Satan he could do anything to Job except afflict his body; so after the loss of all his children, herds, flocks, and all other earthly possessions; still Job trusted God.   Then after Satan failed to conquer Job, he told God if he were allowed to afflict his body he would not …

God Controls Our Suffering

God Controls Our Suffering

    While enduring trials and suffering, and they seem to go on and on, do not become discouraged. God will allow Satan to go only so far, and recall he must have God’s permission to afflict Job, and after God gave His permission, He put restrictions on those afflictions.  I have met one or two people through My Journey of Faith Ministries, who are enduring severe illnesses, and I want to assure them, and myself, that Satan can go only so far. Then one day God will intervene and stop his hand, or take us to be with Him. Either way, we are winners.   …